Lee Enterprises Promotes Astrid Garcia to VP of HR
DAVENPORT, IA -- (Marketwired) -- 11/26/13 -- Astrid J. Garcia, vice
president of human resources, labor and operations at the St. Louis
Post-Dispatch, has been promoted to vice president of human resources
for Lee Enterprises, Incorporated (NYSE: LEE).
Mary Junck, Lee chairman and chief executive officer, said Garcia
will be based at the corporate headquarters in Davenport beginning
"Astrid brings a stellar record of achievement in all facets of human
resources leadership," Junck said. "She also brings impressive legal
experience and keen expertise in print and digital operations and
production. She is a terrific executive, and we're thrilled to
welcome her to the Lee management team."
Garcia joined Lee at the Post-Dispatch in 2006. Her career includes
top leadership positions in human resources and operations for the
former Knight Ridder Inc., serving at The Miami Herald, St. Paul
Pioneer Press, the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News and the San
Jose Mercury News. She also served as vice president for human
resources and operations at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. She began
her newspaper human resources career in 1985 at the Hartford Courant.
From 1981 to 1985, she served as an attorney for the National Labor
Relations Board in Connecticut and New York. She also previously was
an attorney for the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Educational Fund
in New York. She is a graduate of Columbia University and Brooklyn
In St. Louis, she is a member of the board of directors of the Urban
League, the YMCA and United Way. She is a past president of the
National Association of Minority Media Executives. Her husband, Bob
Gillespie, is a psychologist. They have two sons who are graduates of
the University of Iowa.
"I am delighted to be joining the corporate HR team and look forward
to working with so many terrific professionals across the company,"
she said. "I love this industry and welcome the opportunity to help
advance our exciting future."
Garcia succeeds Vytenis P. Kuraitis, who is retiring this week after
an extensive career in human resources, including 19 years in Lee.
In relaying his decision throughout the company in September, Junck
"We're going to miss him very much. As our vice president of human
resources since 1997, Vito has recruited and nurtured outstanding
leaders and key personnel throughout the company, and he has
developed industry-leading policies and programs that benefit us all.
Equally significantly, he has continually helped guide the direction
of Lee by providing creative thinking and wise counsel. From a
personal standpoint, I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Vito and
have treasured his fellowship. He has been a dear friend to so many
of us, and I am counting on that fact not to change when he wraps up
his career to begin spending more time with Joan, his daughters and
Kuraitis joined Lee in 1994 as director of human resources and became
vice president in 1997. Before joining Lee, he was national practice
director for executive compensation at Godwins Inc., a former
international human resources consulting firm. He previously was a
principal and practice leader for human resources consulting at the
former Arthur Young and Co. Before beginning his consulting career,
he was manager of personnel planning and development at Leaseway
Transportation Co. and director of compensation, benefits and
international personnel for Nordson Corp., an international
manufacturing company. He also has an extensive background as a human
resources generalist. He is co-author of "Executive Compensation
Answer Book" and author of several dozen compensation and training
articles. He is a past member of the American Press Institute board
of directors and is a graduate of the University of Illinois.
Lee Enterprises is a leading provider of local news and information,
and a major platform for advertising, in its markets, with 46 daily
newspapers and a joint interest in four others, rapidly growing
digital products and nearly 300 specialty publications in 22 states.
Lee's newspapers have circulation of 1.1 million daily and 1.5
million Sunday, reaching nearly four million readers in print alone.
Lee's websites and mobile and tablet products attracted 23.2 million
unique visitors in September 2013. Lee's markets include St. Louis,
MO; Lincoln, NE; Madison, WI; Davenport, IA; Billings, MT;
Bloomington, IL; and Tucson, AZ. Lee Common Stock is traded on the
New York Stock Exchange under the symbol LEE. For more information
about Lee, please visit lee.net.
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